“Have novelties like the Switch.”
The thing with gaming consoles is that they are so iterative in general, they can get really boring. You always know what the next Xbox and PlayStation will bring to the table- they’ll be the same as the consoles we have now, just more powerful and prettier games. That is the reason the novelty of Nintendo (and in their time, Sega) consoles stands out so much- they are always trying something unexpected and new. Sometimes it works out, like with the Switch. Other times, we get things like the Wii U.
But there is no success without risk of failure, and there is value in what Nintendo does. I’m not the only one who thinks this. Romain Ginocchio, Tennis World Tour’s producer, seems to think so as well. In an interview with GamingBolt, he said that he hopes the next PlayStation and Xbox have more “novelties” like the Switch.
“The most straightforward things are more graphical power and memory, but for a personal point of view, I’m curious to find more specific novelties that really change how or where you play games. I’m a big fan of the Switch for this reason, so I hope Microsoft and Sony will find new game changers!” he said.
He also believes framerate shouldn’t be the be all, end all- that if developers have to cut down the framerate to accommodate some “cool” feature, they should be able to do that.
“I don’t think that 60fps should be seen as the ultimate goal. If you want to use the extra power for super-cool features and you need to bring down the framerate for that, I’m cool with that. It’s the same thing for 4K, although it does make a huge difference if you have a big TV.”
Now this I disagree with him on, but I know many do agree with him- which is why I think the trend of games increasingly allowing players to select whether they would like to prioritize frame rates or graphical fidelity is a good one- it lets everyone get the experience they want.
Tennis World Tour is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.